Wildcats Improve to 2-0 with Win at KU

Brittany Chambers recorded her second 20-point game of the week with 23 on Saturday night.

Jan. 7, 2012

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LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas State registered its sixth 2-0 start to Big 12 play on Saturday night with a hard fought 63-57 win at Kansas. The Wildcats have now won three straight in the series and 20 of the last 22 against the Jayhawks.

Kansas State (11-3, 2-0 Big 12) was led by Brittany Chambers with game-highs of 23 points and eight rebounds. The junior guard recorded her second 20-point effort of the week by shooting 7-of-13 from the field including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Chambers also recorded four assists and a steal.

Joining Chambers in double figures were the frontcourt duo of Jalana Childs and Branshea Brown. Childs tallied 15 points including 11 in the second half. Brown registered 12 points including a pair of late baskets in the second half.

Kansas (12-2, 1-1) was led by Carolyn Davis with 19 points, while Monica Engelman added 13.

K-State was able to establish an early six-point lead, 16-10, as Chambers knocked down her second 3-pointer of the half from the top of the key. Kansas chipped into the Wildcats' lead with a 9-0 run and secured a 19-16 advantage with 7:55 to play. K-State ended the rally, as Chantay Caron connected on a high-arcing three to even the score at 19 with 7:27 remaining.

With Kansas holding a 23-21 lead, Ashia Woods cut to the rim and converted an old fashioned three-point play to give K-State a 24-23 advantage with 4:27 to play. The Jayhawks ended the first stanza on a 9-4 run to hold a 32-28 lead at the break.

Kansas State came out of the halftime locker room with an 8-0 run to capture a 36-32 lead following Chambers' third 3-pointer of the game with 17:41 to play. Childs added a quick four to start the rally for the Wildcats.

K-State continued to hold the lead, as Chambers connected on her fourth 3-point field goal of the game with 15:11 to play. An aggressive drive by Dickey and a pair of free throws from Branshea Brown kept K-State in front, 43-38 with 11:54 remaining.

Both went cold from the field for the next four minutes, as the defensive pressure turned up a notch on both ends. During the stretch, K-State connected on four free throws, while the Jayhawks made three as the Wildcats held a 47-41 lead with 7:49 to play.

After Kansas' Aishah Sutherland registered consecutive baskets to tie the game at 47 with 5:04 to play, a Chambers three followed by a Brown jumper pushed K-State back in front 52-47 to force a Jayhawks' timeout with 3:33 to play.

K-State rebuilt its advantage and received an emotional lift as Brown recorded an uncontested layup and a deep jumper from the top of the key. Immediately after Brown's jumper, Chambers stole the ball and was fouled and converted the two free throws to give K-State a 60-53 lead with 45.9 left.

Kansas State shot .447 from the field for the night and held Kansas, who entered the game leading the country in field goal percentage, to a .370 field goal percentage. The Wildcats also outrebounded the Jayhawks, 34-27.

Kansas State will return to Manhattan to host Missouri on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m.

K-State fans can take advantage of the Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack promotion for Wednesday's contest. For just $30, fans will receive four general admission seats, four hot dogs and four drinks. Single game tickets are also available for: $5 for general admission youth, $8 general admission adult, $9 for bench seating and $12 for chairback. To purchase tickets, fans can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.